This Month’s Q&A Technology Tips

Q: What is PACS?
A: PACS is an acronym that stands for Picture Archiving and Communication System. PACS revolutionized the field of radiology, which now consists of all digital, computer-generated images as opposed to the analog film of yesteryear. Analog film took up space and time for filing and retrieval and storage, and were prone to being lost or misfiled. PACS therefore saves precious time and money, and reduces the liability caused by filing errors and lost films.

PACS is primarily responsible for the inception of virtual radiology, as images can now be viewed from across town, or even from around the world. Additionally, PACS acts as a digital filing system to store patients’ images in an organized way which enables records to be retrieved with ease as needed for future reference.

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